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Community Energy: the benefit of Scottsboro Electric Power Board and TVA working together
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Community Energy—In Scottsboro, Ala., Our Power Means More

Our region is powered by a public power model—owned by and accountable to the people who live here. So the initiatives we invest in through our power model serve one purpose: helping our communities thrive.

Because we support public power, we all benefit from Community Energy. It’s the progress our model enables — like more job opportunities thanks to thriving and growing communities, outdoor recreation thanks to our protected lands, cleaner energy sources, and much more.

A Partnership of Service

Scottsboro Electric Power Board and TVA work together to power not just our homes and businesses, but our potential too — by combining efforts to help create a future we all believe in.

Working Together to Make Life in Our Community Better

Focus on the Future

Scottsboro Electric Power Board (SEPB) and TVA were founded on a mission to serve — through reliable and affordable energy, a safe and protected environment and thriving economic development.

SEPB enjoys celebrating its customers by holding an annual “Public Power Night,” which Phillip Chaney, General Manager, says is like a small carnival. They serve neighbors pizza and hot dogs, and the festivities include bucket truck demonstrations, and characters such as TVA’s Louie the Lightning Bug make an appearance to entertain the kids. TVA also helps support the event by presenting fun displays that show kids how electricity works. Chaney says, “TVA is always extremely helpful with Public Power Night.” Chaney says the team at SEPB looks forward to hosting the event again in the future.

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, SEPB was proud to join forces with TVA to assist struggling customers in the Scottsboro, Alabama community. SEPB matched the $10,000 TVA Community Care Fund donation, gifting $20,000 to Nourish One Child, a local organization that provides meals for children. Local school teachers, staff and administrators drove a mini school bus throughout the community to distribute meals to kids whose families lost income.

As SEPB focuses on the future, economic growth and workforce development are ongoing priorities. Chaney says partnerships between SEPB and TVA, along with other state and local agencies, have helped to expand commercial and industrial opportunities in their service area. “We consider TVA not as a provider but as a partner,” Chaney says.

Sanoh America, which manufactures products for the automobile industry, announced plans for another major expansion of their Scottsboro plant, which will bring more jobs to the community. In the past five years, manufacturers Johns Manville, Maples, Polyamide, Safety Weave and HTPG have also increased job availability due to growth.

SEPB participates in TVA’s Comprehensive Services Program (CSP), which provides engineering services for commercial and industrial customers. For example, Chaney says SEPB recently installed its first solar power customer and CSP provided valuable assistance by sending an engineer onsite to evaluate the safety of the project. Meeting industrial power supply and technical services needs encourages industrial customers to expand their operations and bring more jobs to the SEPB service area.

SEPB demonstrates a readiness for the future, and acknowledges that many industries are shifting operations toward renewable energy. A key example of this change is the growing electric vehicle market. SEPB and the city of Scottsboro have installed two charging stations, now available at SEPB’s East Willow Street location to prepare for the increasing demand.

From growing economic development to renewable power and electric vehicles, the team at SEPB is proud to bring innovative energy solutions to their customers.

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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.

Economic Development

SEPB works with TVA Economic Development to attract new companies and bring more jobs to the area and to help existing businesses and industries grow in a sustainable way.

Partnerships between several companies in the Scottsboro area and SEPB, TVA and other local and state agencies have helped to encourage local industrial and commercial opportunities.

Sanoh America, an automobile products manufacturer, recently announced plans to expand their Scottsboro plant, which will also include an increase in jobs. Five other area manufacturers have made recent changes or expansions in the past five years that have led to an increase in jobs: Johns Manville, Maples, Polyamide, Safety Weave and HTPG.

TVA Economic Development serves the seven states that make up the TVA service area—almost all of Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. TVA partnerships with other economic development organizations, help to foster capital investment and job growth in the region.

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Electric Vehicles

They make for a smoother and more efficient ride, are easier to maintain and they’re better for the environment.

At SEPB, we’re excited to join forces with TVA to support the future of electric vehicles. In fact, you just might see a neighbor charging up at the station installed outside the SEPB office.

With a goal to move from 14,000 EVs in the Valley to 200,000 by 2028, TVA is partnering with local power companies to develop a network of charging stations along major highways.

We’re partnering with TVA EnergyRight to make it easier for drivers to decide whether or not making the switch to an electric vehicle makes sense for them.

From an EV comparison tool that helps you decide which EV fits your needs, to a charger map that helps you locate charging stations along your route, all the information you need is here.

Plugging in an electric vehicle


SEPB partners with TVA to provide opportunities for our community to access clean and affordable renewable energy sources to help support a greener energy future for the Valley.

SEPB recently signed its first solar power customer in 2021. The team from TVA’s Comprehensive Services Program provided key assistance by evaluating the project’s safety.

To learn more about renewable energy options for residents and businesses in the Valley, explore the resources available to you.



SEPB partners with TVA to help customers make smart energy decisions and save money through TVA EnergyRight.

Our partnership with TVA EnergyRight offers you resources to help with your home’s energy needs. From DIY energy-saving advice to finding a local contractor you can trust, TVA EnergyRight resources can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on your power bill.

As of August 2021, several customers in the SEPB service area have participated so far this year in the TVA EnergyRight Home Energy Evaluation program.

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